Oh, this one is fun. Glenn Beck told students at the NYU Stern School of Business last Friday that he had to leave Fox News in order to save his soul (Beck never likes to say or do anything that doesn’t contain maximum melodrama and exaggeration of his owner personal character and nobility).
“If you stay in it too long, you become Norma Desmond,” Beck said. “I remember feeling, ‘If you do not leave now, you won’t leave with your soul intact.’”…
“At the end, when we were leaving, it was a long process,” he told the audience, who were assembled to honor Beck and other recipients of the Stern School’s Disruptive Innovation Award. “Roger said to me, ‘You’re not going to leave.’ And I said, ‘I am.’ And he said, ‘Nobody does,’ meaning leave television….And I said, ‘I’m fortunate because I haven’t been in it that long.’ I knew what this big, huge Fox empire brought to the table, and I had to leave before I became too enamored of that.”
Fox News quickly fired back:
“Glenn Beck wasn’t trying to save his soul, he was trying to save his ass,” a Fox News spokesperson told Allen in an email. “Advertisers fled his show and even Glenn knows what that means in our industry. Yet, we still tried to give him a soft landing. Guess no good deed goes unpunished.”
Meow. More of this, please. A lot more.